Notes 16/01/2012 - Newtowncashel - Co. Longford

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The Cashel GAA Club last Saturday night, January 14th, honoured the 1961 League and Championship winning team and surviving members of the 1942 and 1948 teams at a function in “The Hill”.  This Golden Jubilee Presentation Function was preceded by Mass in the Church of the Blessed Virgin for deceased members of the Club.  Principal Celebrant at the Mass was Fr Sean O’Dowd, who was himself a member of the 1961 team.
After the beautiful Mass, everybody crossed to “The Hill” where there were plenty of tasty treats on offer.  Then all were invited into the marquee at the back of “The Hill” which was impeccably laid out for the evening’s event.  Here everyone was treated to local talent - music, singing and dancing.  After the initial speeches, the players to be honoured were each introduced in turn by Leinster Council Chairman, Martin Skelly, who did a tremendous job in enlightening everyone with information and anecdotes about each player.  
This was an exceptional evening of socialising and the Parish of Cashel doesn’t witness an event on this scale just every weekend!  With the President of the GAA, Mr Christy Cooney, in attendance this was a red-letter day for the Cashel Club and the Parish in general.  Also in attendance was Cashel native, Peter McKenna, who is currently Croke Park’s Stadium Director.  There was much reminiscing from people who had not and there were many stories to be told.  
Full credit has to be extended to everybody involved in organising this unique event and it was an evening to be proud to be from the Parish of Cashel.  Well done Cashel GAA for another great success!

Southern Gaels Minor GAA Club presentation of 2011 medals takes place in “The Hill” at 8.00pm on Wednesday January 18th.  Guest of honour is the Sam Maguire Cup together with a few of last year’s All-Ireland winning Dublin players.  Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club is hosting the play The Pitch by Academy Award winning writer, Shane Connaughton, in St Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro on Saturday, 21 Jan at 8.30pm. The play’s central character is Philly, who has played for his parish and his club. However, it is planned to turn the local pitch into a housing estate. For Philly, the pitch is hallowed ground and it will become the site of his last stand against the proposed development. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s Shop, Lanesboro, €10.00 euros.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

The first meeting of Cashel’s Irish Language group took place on Thursday night last Jan 12th in the Hill. We had a total of 12 people in attendance and with the enthusiasm shown the group will go from strength to strength. We certainly made history for the Irish language in Cashel on the night and we dedicated it to the memory of a great Gael Seamus O'Cullain R.I.P.  A guest speaker Mr Matt Nolan with experience of starting such groups attended on the night and gave us lots of ideas for the future. This is a fun way to improve your skills of our native Language and whether you are a fluent speaker or just beginning this group is for you.  Next meeting of the group will take place on this Thurs night in the Hill at 8.30pm.  For further details contact Liam Finnegan on 086/2585656

The local G.A.A. Club hold its Annual General Meeting in the Clubhouse on Saturday the 28th of January next.  All members are requested to attend the A.G.M.

Newtowncashel Drama Group has begun countdown for this seasons play scheduled in early February. "Stella By Starlight" is a three act comedy written by Bernard J Farrell, the same talented Irish writer who wrote last year’s sell out production of, "Canaries".  This season’s offering sparkles with Farrell’s observational humour highlighting the absurd behaviour that goes on in an effort to maintain social status at any cost. With easy humour, Farrell lays bare the dark side of marital discord, ignited by short fuses, and fuelled by the tinder of ineffective DIY.  The group is in earnest preparation to bring our fans another dramatic treat for the current season.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues on Wednesdays from 3.00pm to 9.00pm.  Thanks to those who give their time to quiet prayer.  Others are invited to join them.

Recitation of the Rosary takes place on Fridays at 7.30 p.m.

First Confession, Thursday March 8th, 7.00pm
Confirmation, Tuesday March 20th
First Holy Communion, Sunday May 13th, 1200 noon.

The third and fourth sessions of the pre-Confirmation programme take place in “The Hill” on Friday, January 27th, and Friday, February 3rd, at 8.00pm.

The Spring Station Masses will be celebrated from February 1st to 29th.  Householders who are to host the Stations may arrange dates when convenient, if they have not already done so.

In the recent budget the grant to schemes was reduced from €1,500 to €500 per participant, per annum.  This is a cumulative reduction of €300,000 in County Longford.  A public meeting to address the cuts in funding will be held on Monday January 23rd at 8.00pm in the EDI Centre, Mastertech Business Park, Athlone Road, Longfoed.  It is important that all community and voluntary groups be represented.

This term your local Glee Club is having an X-Factor inspired 10 weeks!  If your child is interested in singing, dancing or drama and/or could use a confidence boost, call Lisa Fox on (087) 761 9605 for information on your nearest club.  Please give Lisa a call/text if you are interested in bringing Glee Club back to Newtowncashel.

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